The Burren reel

Also known as Charlie Harris’s, Cramer’s, Creamer’s, The Fluters, Michael Cramer’s, Michael Creamer’s, Ríl Josie McDermott, The Tinker’s Daughter.

There are 39 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Burren appears in 3 other tune collections.

The Burren has been added to 13 tune sets.

The Burren has been added to 178 tunebooks.

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Thirteen settings

1
X: 1
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B2|~A2AB AF~F2|AFAd ~f3g|afef dBAB|dBAF EFDE|
~A2AB AF~F2|AFAd ~f3g|afef dBAF|Adfe d2:|
|:e2|f2ed BA~A2|dcdf a2^ga|g2fg edBc|dBAF EFDE|
~A2AB AF~F2|AFAd ~f3g|afef dBAF|Adfe d2:|
2
X: 2
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ABdB AF F/F/F|AFAd ~f3g|afef d~B3|dBAF EDFG|
ABdB AF F/F/F|AFAd ~f3g|afef d~B3|1 Adfe d3B:|2 Adfe dcde||
|:f2ed BAFA|defg a2fa|g2fg edBA|dBAF EDFG|
ABdB AF F/F/F|AFAd ~f3g|afef d~B3|1 Adfe dcde:|2 Adfe d3B||
3
X: 3
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B|~A2AB AF~F2|AFAd ~f3a|afef dB~B2|dBAF EFDF|
~A2AB AF~F2|AFAd ~f3a|afef dedB|Adfe d3:|
|:e|f2ed BA~A2|dcdf ~a3f|~g2fg e~B3|dBAF EFDE|
~A2AB AF~F2|AFAd ~f3a|afef dedB|Adfe d3:|
4
X: 4
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A3B AF~F2|AFAd f3g|afef dB~B2|dBAF FEDF|
A3B AF~F2|AFAd f3g|afef dB~B2|1 Adfe d3B:|2 Adfe d3e||
|:fded BAFA|dcdf a3f|g2fg edBc|dBAF FEDF|
A3B AF~F2|AFAd f3g|afef dB~B2|1 Adfe d3e:|2 Adfe d3B||
5
X: 5
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:~a3b af~f2|afAd ~f3g|af~f2 dB~B2|BAAF EFDf|
a2ab af~f2|afAd ~f3g|af~f2 dB~B2|Adfe d4:|
|:~f3d BAFb|af~f2 ~a3b|gBfB edBc|dBAF EFD2|
a3b af~f2|afAd ~f3g|af~f2 dB~B2|Adfe d4:|
|:~a3b af~f2|afAd ~f3g|af~f2 db~b2|baaf efdf|
a2ab af~f2|afAd ~f3g|af~f2 dB~B2|Adfe d4:|
6
X: 6
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DF|A3B AF (3FFF|AFAd fefa|afef db (3BBB|dBAF EFDF|
A3B AF (3FFF|AFAd fefa|afef db (3BBB|Agfe d2:|
|:de|fded BAFA|dcde abaf|gefd edBA|dBAF EFDF|
A3B AF (3FFF|AFAd fefa|afef db (3BBB|Agfe d2:|
7
X: 7
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A3B AFDF|AFAd ~f3g|afef dB~B2|dBAF FEDF|
A3B AFDF|AFAd ~f3g|afef dB~B2|1 Adfe dedB:|2 Adfe d2de||
|:fded BAFA|dcdf ~a3f|gefd edBc|dBAF FEDF|
A3B AFDF|AFAd ~f3g|afef dB~B2|1 Adfe d2de:|2 Adfe dedB||
8
X: 8
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dB|A3 B AFDF|AFAd ~f3 g|afef dB ~B2|dBAF FEDF|
A3 B AFDF|AFAd ~f3 g|afef dB ~B2|A[dg]fe d2:|
|:de|fded BAFA|dcdf ~a3 f|gefd edBc|dBAF FEDF|
A3 B AFDF|AFAd ~f3 g|afef dB ~B2|1 A[dg]fe d2:|2 A2 fe d2||
9
X: 9
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DF|:AFAB AFED|AFAd f2fa|gefd edBA|dBAF EFDF|
AFAB AFED|AFAd f2fa|gefd edBA|1 agfe d2 DF:|2 agfe dAde||
|:fded BdAG|FDFA dfaf|gefd edBA|dBAF EFDF|
AFAB AFED|AFAd f2fa|gefd edBA|1 agfe dAde:|2 agfe d2||
# Added by Ted .
10
X: 10
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B|ABdB AF ~F2|AFAB ~f3 a|afef dB ~B2|dBAF E2 ED|
ABdB AF ~F2|AFAB ~f3 a|afef dB ~B2|A2 fe ~d3:|
|:e|f2 ed BAFB|ABdf a2 fa|g2 fg edBc|dBAF E2 ED|
ABdB AF ~F2|AFAB ~f3 a|afef dB ~B2|A2 fe ~d3:|
11
X: 11
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~A3B AF~F2|~A3d ~f3z|afef dedB|~A2 DF FEDF|
Az AB AF~F2|~A3d ~f3g|afef dedB|Adfe d3z|
AFBF AFDF|~A3d ~f3z|afef dGBd|ADFD EFDB|
Az AB AF~F2|~A3d ~f3g|afef dedB|Adfe d3z||
fded BAAB|d3f az af|g2fg e~B3|dBAF EFDB|
Az AB AF~F2|~A3d ~f3g|afef dedB|Adfe dcde|
fded BAFA|d3f az af|gz fd e~B3|dBAF EFDB|
Az AB AF~F2|~A3d ~f3g|az ef dGBd|Adfe d4||
12
X: 12
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|A3B AF F2|AFAd f3g|afdf efdB|A3F EFDF|
A3B AF F2|AFAd f3g|afdf efdB|Adfe d2:|
|:e2|fded BdAB|dcdf a2 fa|g2fg edBc|dBAF EFDF|
A3B AF F2|AFAd f3g|afdf efdB|Adfe d2:|
# Added by JACKB .
13
X: 13
T: The Burren
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F|A2 AB BF F2|AFAd f2 fg|afef dB B2|dBAF EFDF|
A2 AB AFF2|AFAd f2 fg|afef dB B2|Affe d3:|
|:e|fded BdAF|AFAd a2af|g2 fg eB B2|dBAF EFDF|
A2 AB AF F2|AFAd f2 fg|afef dB B2|Affe d3:|

Thirty-six comments

The Burren

This tune also is named after a musician, I think it’s Charlie Harris - but don’t hold me to that. This is one of those tunes that goes back a long way for me, but I only bothered to figure it out recently. It sits well on both fiddle & the flute. It’s a real nice tune that should get more play because it’s not overly tough.

Right!

I learned this tune many years ago from some Swedish friends who gave me "The Burren" as the title. Later, at sessions I was always told that "The Burren" was "another tune", that this tune was "Charlie Harris’ Reel". Vindication at last!

The burren

it’s the best tune ive picked up in months. very nice when played k

The Burren

T:Burren, The
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Brendan Bulger: Brendan Bulger
R:reel
Z:Devin McCab
K:D
ABdB AF F/2F/2F|AFAd ~f3g|afef d~B3|dBAF EDFG|
ABdB AF F/2F/2F|AFAd ~f3g|afef d~B3|1Adfe d3B:|2Adfe dcde|
:f2ed BAFA|defg a2fa|g2fg edBA|dBAF EDFG|
ABdB AF F/2F/2F|AFAd ~f3g|afef d~B3|1Adfe dcde:|2Adfe d3B||

The Burren

T:Burren, The
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Cherish The Ladies : "Irish Women Musicians in America"
R:reel
Z:gian marco p.
Z:gm
K:D
|: B | ~A2AB AF~F2 | AFAd ~f3a | afef dB~B2 | dBAF EFDF |
~A2AB AF~F2 | AFAd ~f3a | afef dedB | Adfe d3 :|
|:e | f2ed BA~A2 | dcdf ~a3f | ~g2fg e~B3 | dBAF EFDE |
~A2AB AF~F2 | AFAd ~f3a |afef dedB | Adfe d3 :|

Michael Cramer’s

I’ll be surprised if this one hasn’t been posted already and I’ve just missed it. Couldn’t find it with an advanced search.

This tune is really common in the sessions here. 2 versions of it get played - this one and Seamus Tansey’s version - and people don’t seem to be able to decide which one to stick with. I think the version I’ve posted is fairly standard. I have a recording of someone playing the Tansey version but it’s on a minidisk and it’ll take me ages to find. When I track it down I’ll transcribe it here because I’d quite like to learn that version too so I can pick and choose which one I want to play.

Sorry!!

Sorry, Mark - compare with "The Burren", posted in August 2003. Recorded by "De Danann" as "Charlie Harris’s", and sometimes known as "Creamer’s"

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Bugger!

Ah well… Jeremy feel free to go ahead and erase the beautiful new sheetmusic you made for me 🙂

Not so fast…………

Before this goes, what’s this about a "Tansey" version? If you find it, could you add it on to the "Burren", please? Sounds interesting.

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It’s okay, when I find it I’ll put it in the Burren comments. I can’t remember which disk it’s on. I may even have erased it by accident. If so I’ll get the person to play it again for me next session. It starts on the high octave A and is a completely different setting.

Re alternative title ‘Michael Cramer’s’, does anyone know who Michael Cramer is/was?

Seamus Tansey’s version

Both this and the ST setting get played at our session. Below is a transcription from a session recording, so it’s a "version of ST’s version". I don’t know much about flutes but I assume it’s achieved simply by overblowing:

|:~a3b af~f2|afAd ~f3g|af~f2 dB~B2|BAAF EFDf|
a2ab af~f2|afAd ~f3g|af~f2 dB~B2|Adfe d4:|
|:~f3d BAFb|af~f2 ~a3b|gBfB edBc|dBAF EFD2|
a3b af~f2|afAd ~f3g|af~f2 dB~B2|Adfe d4:|

Bars 3 and 4 of the 1st part are also overblown as a variation:

|:~a3b af~f2|afAd ~f3g|af~f2 db~b2|baaf efdf|
a2ab af~f2|afAd ~f3g|af~f2 dB~B2|Adfe d4:|

The Burren, aka Creamer’s, aka Michael Cramer’s

Matt Cunningham plays this tune on the fiddle on Vol 5 of his CD series "Dance Music of Ireland", in which he calls it "Creamer’s", thus:

DF | A3B AF (3FFF | AFAd fefa | afef db (3BBB | dBAF EFDF |
A3B AF (3FFF | AFAd fefa | afef db (3BBB | Agfe d2 :|
|: de | fded BAFA | dcde abaf | gefd edBA | dBAF EFDF |
A3B AF (3FFF | AFAd fefa | afef db (3BBB | Agfe d2 :||

He follows it with “Touch Me If You Dare”.

The Burren, aka Creamer’s, aka Michael Cramer’s

See https://thesession.org/tunes/1871/comments for Matt Cunningham’s version that he plays on the fiddle on CD 5 of his collection “Dance Music of Ireland”.

"The Burren" / "Michael Cramer’s Reel" ~ another surviving duplication

Also known as Creamer’s, Creamer’s, Charlie Harris’s…
Key signature: Dmajor
Submitted on September 20th 2004 by Dow.
https://thesession.org/tunes/3568

….

Source: Leitrim’s Hidden Treasure by McNamara Family
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

"Michael Creamer’s Reel" / "The Burren" ~ rescued duplication

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on February 10th 2008 by gian marco.
~ /tunes/8249

X: 6
T: Michael Creamer’s
T: The Burren
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
|: dB |\
A3 B AFDF | AFAd ~f3 g | afef dB ~B2 | dBAF FEDF |
A3 B AFDF | AFAd ~f3 g | afef dB ~B2 | Adfe d2 :|
|: de |\
fded BAFA | dcdf ~a3 f | gefd edBc | dBAF FEDF |
A3 B AFDF | AFAd ~f3 g | afef dB ~B2 | Adfe d2 :|

(alternate possible endings ~ | Adfe de | / | A2 fe d2 | / | Agfe d2 |)

Source: "Leitrim’s Hidden Treasure" by the McNamara Family
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

# Posted on February 10th 2008 by gian marco

Three is better then one. (Ancient Chinese proverb).

I learned a slightly different version than this one out of a book called THE IRISH SESSION TUNES. I don’t remember what it was named in the book and I don’t have the book any more. The book was a very thin pruple soft cover copy.

Matt Cunningham’s version from Memories of Ireland track 1

on the cd this track is listed as:

Reels - (Band Selection)
the track has three reels:
Maid Behind the Bar
The Burren
Touch Me if you Dare


X:1
T:The Burren
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:Dmaj
DF|:AFAB AFED|AFAd f2fa|gefd edBA|dBAF EFDF|
|AFAB AFED|AFAd f2fa|gefd edBA|1agfe d2 DF:|2agfe dAde||
|:fded BdAG|FDFA dfaf|gefd edBA|dBAF EFDF|
|AFAB AFED|AFAd f2fa|gefd edBA|1agfe dAde:|2agfe d2|]

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Charlie Harris’

C.H. apparently got the tune from Joe McKenna.

"The Fluters" ~ & the repetitions grow ~ another rescue

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on October 29th 2008 by bayswater.
~ /tunes/9042

X: 8
T: Fluters, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
|: B |\
ABdB AF ~F2 | AFAB ~f3 a | afef dB ~B2 | dBAF E2 ED |
ABdB AF ~F2 | AFAB ~f3 a | afef dB ~B2 | A2 fe ~d3 :|

|: e |\
f2 ed BAFB | ABdf a2 fa | g2 fg edBc | dBAF E2 ED |
ABdB AF ~F2 | AFAB ~f3 a | afef dB ~B2 | A2 fe ~d3 :|

(rolls ‘~’ have been added and the notation, as an example, changed from A F3 to AF ~F2… Also, the lead-ins have been added, for example, from A2 fe d3 e to |: e |\ ~ ‘c’)

This tune…is found on Mark Robert’s album "The Gloup".

# Posted on October 29th 2008 by bayswater

This is a different setting, but clearly the same tune as Michael Creamer’s (aka Charlie Harris’), already posted here.

# Posted on October 30th 2008 by Will CPT

On Donncha O Briain’s album

This reel is called "Ril Josie McDermott" on Donncha O Briain’s Gael Linn album. Any way to fix the entry on the session.org for that album to point to this tune?

Yep. Go to the details page for this tune and click on the link that asks "Do you know this tune by another name?" and add "Ril Josie McDermott" to the list of alternate names. The recording will automatically link, as long as you spell it exactly the same as in the recording track listing.

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A different ‘Burren’

The tune appearing as ‘The Burren’ in Bulmer and Sharpley’s "Music from Ireland" (book 4, #34) in the key of G is an entirely different tune, related to the tune ‘Star of Kilkenny’ in O’Neill’s and older sources. See
https://thesession.org/tunes/2663

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who composed it

I once was told it’s a Vincent Broderick tune, but I wouldn’t be sure

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The Burren, X:13

Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. This setting has a couple of differences so I’ve added it. It’s a great session tune that, as has already been said, we should hear more of!

Re: The Burren

Chris Droney wrote a pair of tunes called The Burren Reels. I’ll try and post them soon

Re: Michael Cramer’s

This tune I know as Charlie Harris’s from the playing on Sean Ryan (whistle), who follows it with Lucky in Love. I’ve played this set for years. The name Michael Cramer is not familiar to me . Any idea who he is/was? Charlie Harris is a box player , but in both cases there may be an original name for this tune behind these two names ?

Re: Michael Cramer’s

…………..and now, after years of painstaking research (!) I find this snippet of information about the elusive Michael Cramer/ Creamer ………”Michael McNamara, the Leitrim flute player and scion of the famous musical family, says that Michael Creamer was an itinerant labourer who came to the Leitrim area from northern Ireland. Creamer played the whistle and knew about a dozen tunes, but always started the evening with this one, which entered local tradition and was named in his honor.”

So, maybe Michael is the one who called it The Burren ………